Surah 81 - Al Takwir THE FOLDING UP

081.001 When the sun (with its spacious light) is folded up;

081.002 When the stars fall, losing their lustre;

081.003 When the mountains vanish (like a mirage);

081.004 When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended;

081.005 When the wild beasts are herded together (in the human habitations);

081.006 When the oceans boil over with a swell;

081.007 When the souls are sorted out, (being joined, like with like);

081.008 When the female (infant), buried alive, is questioned -

081.009 For what crime she was killed;

081.010 When the scrolls are laid open;

081.011 When the world on High is unveiled;

081.012 When the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat;

081.013 And when the Garden is brought near;-

081.014 (Then) shall each soul know what it has put forward.

081.015 So verily I call to witness the planets - that recede,

081.016 Go straight, or hide;

081.017 And the Night as it dissipates;

081.018 And the Dawn as it breathes away the darkness;-

081.019 Verily this is the word of a most honourable Messenger,

081.020 Endued with Power, with rank before the Lord of the Throne,

081.021 With authority there, (and) faithful to his trust.

081.022 And (O people!) your companion is not one possessed;

081.023 And without doubt he saw him in the clear horizon.

081.024 Neither doth he withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen.

081.025 Nor is it the word of an evil spirit accursed.

081.026 Then whither go ye?

081.027 Verily this is no less than a Message to (all) the Worlds:

081.028 (With profit) to whoever among you wills to go straight:

081.029 But ye shall not will except as God wills,- the Cherisher of the Worlds.

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